Vice-Chancellor and President Executive Search

Challenge yourself, challenge us.

The University of Canberra is a deeply ambitious institution that values collegial, inclusive, and respectful leadership. Our decadal strategy, Connected 2023-2032, has at its core an explicit commitment to our staff and students, to our place in Canberra and the region, and to the Ngunnawal people.

We are a unique and close-knit University community filled with inquisitive minds that challenge the status quo with respect. As Canberra’s University, we are committed to our region, and through this commitment we seek to influence globally.

We are now searching for our next Vice-Chancellor and President that shares our vision, will enhance our culture, and is committed to the long-term success of our institution. Your career experience, skills and tenacity would have prepared you for this unique career challenge to be UC’s leader, that will enhance our capability and sustainability into the future.

We are focused on a bold future, as we embark on a range of programs that seek to drive our expansion, quality, experience, and connections. We are Reimagining our education offerings aiming to increase student load to a sustainable level by delivering innovative and flexible educational products. We have launched our 2024 – 2028 Research Plan, building upon our mission-driven research and recognition for local and global impact. We seek to support community and raise indigenous voices through our Indigenous Leadership Strategy. We have launched an enterprising Campus Master Plan that connects neighbourhoods, community and people with education, lifestyle and business through the pursuit of life-long learning. That focus on our physical presence is matched by our aim to transform into a truly personalised digital university, through Digital Together.

At just over thirty years young, the University of Canberra strives to provide education for all, ranked in the top 5 in the world for reducing inequalities1.

This impressive ranking is indicative of the commitment to our cultural diversity, support for first-in-family graduates, vibrant research community, meaningful indigenisation of the curriculum, and leadership in Work-Integrated-Learning.

We continue to serve and support our region as a civically engaged institution, working towards net-zero and environmental sustainability with a deep commitment to equality in access to education.

This is the perfect time for you to join us.

Take your place, make a difference.

1. THE Impact Rankings, 2023

Message from the Chancellor

Take your place. Make a difference.

Vice-Chancellor and President

We are now searching for an inspiring leader to join us as our Vice-Chancellor and President. Someone who is entrepreneurial minded, decisive and possesses considerable commercial acumen to drive the innovation and leadership required to achieve our transformation. As Vice-Chancellor and President, you will value our people, leading them with conviction and shared accountability, placing them at the heart of change. This is an opportunity to be part of a community-driven young University with big ambitions; and to work in an environment where together, we can make a difference to our community and our world.

If you are ready to lead our education and research journey and have the tenacity to lead our future success, then we want to hear from you.

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Top 5in the world for reducing inequalities
(THE Impact Rankings, 2023)

5th in Australia in the worldwide Times Higher Education Young Universities Rankings 2023

#1 in Canberra for full-time employment

(GUG, 2024)

Ranked in the world’s top 300 universities

(THE, 2023)

Our Purpose and Values


Together we work to empower, connect and share knowledge with our people, cultures and places.

The first step in UC’s strategy development process was the refresh of our Purpose and Values statement. This inclusive project involved over 250 staff from across the University. Our staff take great pride in being the custodians of our Purpose and Values and are deeply connected with and committed to their realisation.

Think local. Act global.

Surrounded by iconic Australian bushland with a bustling city centre, Canberra has all the benefits of both big city and small-town living.

As the University for the National Capital, the University of Canberra is uniquely situated to drive change on a local, national, and international level, connecting to the seat of power, the hive of creative industries and the heart of social equity.

People in Canberra value education, creativity and progressive thinking. The University of Canberra is a significant contributor and active partner in the economic and social wellbeing of our local community.

Located in the suburb of Bruce, our beautiful campus boasts a blend of open space, tall trees, and native wildlife. Join a vibrant, welcoming community that will make you feel at home.

Discover more at Visit Canberra.

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